Eliza's friends have ordered her a mail-order husband, and she's not happy about it. So she goes to town to tell the bloke it's all off, but accidentaEliza's friends have ordered her a mail-order husband, and she's not happy about it. So she goes to town to tell the bloke it's all off, but accidentally hauls away Jackson, who is suffering from a concussion after being robbed on the train. He then escorts her home, and the mail-order husband declares this makes her a fallen woman and for some reason everyone just agrees with him, even though it was a very honourable and respected man who suggested Jackson escort her home in the first place. Of course this means the only thing to be done is for them to get married, except Eliza has a secret that means she doesn't think she can be a proper bride.
In general I liked the romance between the two main characters, but I had a whole bunch of problems with the plot and character development. The robbery on the train is never referred to again, likewise the suspicious looking mail order groom disappears never to be heard from again. There seems like there's a story around the fire, but not so much. The character development feels rushed, (view spoiler)[ for example, when the characters discover a small child who asks if he can call them ma and pa, they say yes immediately, even though they haven't looked into whether he has any living family outside his father, and even though Jackson thinks he's leaving in a year, and even though it makes things super awkward given they're not married or even engaged at that point. (hide spoiler)] I also had a lot of trouble with the idea that if a woman decided to change her plans (by WALKING ACROSS THE ROAD TO A DIFFERENT STORE), if she didn't ask her husband first she was a liar and broke promises. Even for the time period that's excessive.
Overall it was nice but I just wasn't a big fan. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
If you have ever thought "Oh, writers in the past were so droll! Where is that comedic talent today?I have read obituaries with more humour in them.
If you have ever thought "Oh, writers in the past were so droll! Where is that comedic talent today? Maybe we lost it - if only I could go back in time!", read this book then be glad you were born today where the worst you have to put up with is There's Something About Mary and Two and a Half Men. Both of those offerings are actively offensive and unfunny, but I laughed at least once in the former and I assume something funny happens in the later or it wouldn't have gone on for however many seasons when they cancelled Firefly like that.
Okay, maybe I got a little side-tracked there.
If you want an overview of what people from Lancashire found HILARIOUS about 150 years ago, this is your book. Otherwise I wouldn't bother. ...more
I'd just like to emphasise up front that a Goodreads 1 Star is a subjective "I didn't like it" and is no indication of objective writing quality.
TheI'd just like to emphasise up front that a Goodreads 1 Star is a subjective "I didn't like it" and is no indication of objective writing quality.
The writing in this book was excellent. Right from the very start I was absolutely interested in what was going to happen. The characters were all richly drawn and intriguing.
Then we come to the controversial part.
(view spoiler)[ When the heroine is kidnapped by the hero, they go on a long, hard journey together. He bargains with her - if she kisses him he will leave her in peace till they reach their destination. She agrees and it is one hell of a steamy kiss. She wants to escape, but has no means to do so. As they spend more and more time together, the hero begins to feel sympathy and admiration for her in addition to his burning need for revenge.
Then they reach his hide-away and he rapes her. After he's finished, he falls asleep and she goes and cries in another room. At this point I felt uncomfortable. Then he comes to find her and sees she's been crying - it affects him because she hasn't cried once their entire trip. He feels bad for her so... he rapes her again. This time making her orgasm.
Perhaps if the characterisation hadn't been so good, if I hadn't empathised so much with Verity and her desire to leave behind a sexually murky past and move forward, I wouldn't have been in tears at this point. I hated the hero so much at this point I felt ill and stopped reading. I didn't care what he did after - nothing could make me forgive him for that and I didn't want to see Verity come to "realise" she wanted it all and loved him. (hide spoiler)]
I wanted so much to enjoy this book and at the beginning I was cheering, thinking I had found a new favourite author. But it just made me feel wrong and I couldn't finish it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more